This 24th of September 2005, there are good reasons to denounce the occupation of Iraq.

Collectif de Qu..., Saturday, October 8, 2005 - 12:41

Commission Paix du RéseauFS Québec Chaudière-Appalaches

This is the statement (open letter) from the Quebec City peace network (commission Paix : ) written for Sept. 24, 2005 in solidarity with the protests across the USA and the world (sorry it took us many days to translate).
Commercial medias did not publish it, but it was posted in French and English to various grassroots medias.

This 24th of September 2005,
there are good reasons to denounce the occupation of Iraq.

See the PDF file for a clean, more official, version (100k)

Between 1990 and 2003, United Nations' humanitarian agencies confirmed that the Iraqi people endured massive deaths and acute suffering under economic sanctions (1). This murderous policy, actively enforced by the former Canadian government, had dramatically weakened the Iraqi population while strengthening Saddam Hussein.

Today, after two and a half years, the occupation of Iraq by the United States of America (US) has brought neither peace nor security, or even the reconstruction of basic infrastructures necessary to sustain life. In fact, the death rates and humanitarian suffering are worse today under the occupation led by President George W. Bush. According to the UNICEF (Nov. 23, 2004), "Latest reports are showing that acute malnutrition among young children has nearly doubled since March 2003" [read: since the invasion] (2). The main cause of malnutrition and death remains lack of clean water.

As to violence, we would very much prefer a massive non violent resistance in Iraq. We must state that appalling attacks against innocent people are not acts of resistance. Yet, people who decide to attack the military occupation forces are not terrorists and international law recognizes that people can legally combat an occupation or armed repression. After all, if US soldiers occupied Quebec, there would certainly be acts of violent resistance, even though massive non violent resistance would be preferable and more efficient.

But there is another form of indecency and inhumanity, that of the huge profit made by businesses and civil servants associated with the US government. There are still approximately 10 000 people detained for weeks or months without being charged. Since the invasion, there are unending cases of Iraqi families murdered in their cars simply because they come too close to a blockade held by US soldiers, not to mention others "preventively" killed. What we are seeing here is not a UN multinational force, but a continued occupation with unequaled violence and actions that are incompatible with International Humanitarian Law.

The presence of US military forces and the death and humiliation of tens of thousands of innocent people all increase violence and do not help in any way. This is why a good part of the new Iraqi parliament demands the withdrawal of US troops and why the current President, for his part, is asking for at least a partial withdrawal : he proposes that 50 000 soldiers return of the US soon. Shouldn't we respect the will of this Iraqi elected parliament ?

It is extremely disappointing that some governments made sure the UN would not define terrorism, but we shall put forth our own :
an act of terrorism is to cause suffering or death to innocent people or civilians with the intention of imposing one's will, be it economic, political, religious or other.

Considering its great share of abuses, its criminal irresponsibility, its acts of war and the hated it breeds, the occupation of Iraq is a more than total failure and we must recognize that peace will eventually be possible only after the occupation forces have been withdrawn. The people of Quebec and Canada should make sure the federal government and businesses do not in any way help foreign troops in Iraq.

    We remain determined to denounce the criminal invasion and occupation of a country which had not made any threats,

    in solidarity with the horrible suffering endured by the Iraqi people —and therefore also appalled by attacks that kill innocent people—

    and devoted to peace and intercultural communication.

La commission Paix du Réseau du Forum social de Québec Chaudière-Appalaches

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    • Asso. québécoise des AmiEs de Cuba
    • Asso. québécoise pour la Taxation des Transactions financières pour l’Aide aux Citoyen-ne-s, section Capitale-nationale (ATTAC-Qc )
    • Carrefour de pastorale en monde ouvrier (CAPMO )
    • Carrefour Tiers-Monde (CTM )
    • Centre de ressources des femmes de Beauport
    • Confédération des associations d'étudiants et étudiantes de l'Univ. Laval (CADEUL )
    • Délégation Droits et Démocratie de l'Univ. Laval (site)
    • Ligue des droits et libertés, section de Québec (LDL-Qc )
    • Michaël Lessard, candidat du NPD à Québec (NPD régional )
    • Mouvement des travailleurs chrétiens (MTC)
    • Regroupement d'éducation populaire en action communautaire des régions de Québec et Chaudière-Appalaches (RÉPAC 03-12 )
    • Solidarité populaire Estrie

Note 1 - Pour en savoir plus au sujet de l'histoire et des effets desdites sanctions contre l'Irak

Note 2
UNICEF, Official statement : Bellamy speaks out for children in Iraq, Nov. 23, 2004.
[ On line, consulted Sept. 20, 2005: ]

The <i>Siriel-Media</i>, a citizen-media for world citizens wishing to denounce and inform themselves about policies of mass destruction (massive human rights violations, Crimes against Humanity, of war, against peace, etc.). <br>• This indép. media w
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